Hometown: Santa Barbara, Calif.
Birth Year: 1988
Position: Outside Hitter
College: UC Santa Barbara
Joined Team: 2012
INTERNATIONAL COMPETITION: 2013 - NORCECA Continental Championship (Gold Medal). 2012 - Pan American Cup (Gold Medal). 2011 – World University Games... Pan American Cup (Silver Medal).
INTERNATIONAL HIGHLIGHTS: 2013 - Played in three sets and scored 11 points at the NORCECA Championship... Made the preliminary roster for the FIVB World League. 2011 – Competed with the U.S. men's team that finished 12th at the World University Games in Shenzen, China... Competed for the U.S. Men's Team that finished second at the Pan American Cup in Canada.
COLLEGE HIGHLIGHTS: 2011 – First team AVCA All American and All-MPSF... Helped Santa Barbara to the NCAA Men's Division I Championship match where it lost to Ohio State... Led the Gauchos in most offensive categories in 2011, including kills (453), kills per game (4.23), service aces (29) and total points (509). Kill rate was good enough for fourth in the conference, and his serving also placed him in the conference top-10 for serving... Was a staple on the back line for the Gauchos, compiling 135 digs on the year, good for third on the team, while also leading the team in reception attempts... Finished his UCSB career third all time on the kills list and second all time on the aces list. 2010 – All MPSF Third Team... Led the nation in kills (588) and is second in kills per set (5.16)... Led the MPSF in total points (672.5) and points per set (5.9). Set career highs in kills (34), aces (5), and total points (37.0). 2009 – An Honorable Mention All-MPSF selection for the second straight season ... Led the team in kills (530), kills per set (5.25), total attacks (1,185), service aces (36), receptions (677), and points (601.0) ... His 5.25 kills per set average ranked sixth in the country ... Started all 26 of the matches he suited up for at outside hitter ... His 530 kills rank eighth in UCSB single season history ... His 36 aces rank fifth on UCSB's single season list. 2008 – Picked up All-MPSF Honorable Mention accolades ... As a true freshman, started all 27 matches and played in 95 of a possible 98 sets ... Started his first five matches at outside hitter before being moved to opposite for the rest of the season ... Ranked fourth in kills per set and points per set among all MPSF players ... Also ranked in the top-10 nationally in those two categories ... Led the Gauchos in kills (450), kills per set (4.74), attack attempts (992), and aces (25) ... Second in blocks (68) and fourth in digs (112) ... Led UCSB in kills 20 times, attack attempts 21 times, and point production 18 times ... Began his career with 11 or more kills in 12 straight matches ... Posted double-digit kill totals in all but two matches ... Had 20 or more kills 10 times ... Recorded multiple aces eight times.
PERSONAL: Born Jeffrey Menzel in 1988 in Santa Barbara, Calif… Parents are Paul and Karen Menzel… Older sisters are Erica and Marisa… Favorite professional team is the LA Lakers… Favorite TV show is Californication on Showtime… Favorite music artist is Lil’ Wayne… Favorite moment in life was when he won former UCSB volleyball coach, Ken Preston’s, final career match in 2008… Majored in sociology at UCSB… A 2007 graduate of San Marcos High School in Santa Barbara, Calif. ... Named 2007 AVCA High School All-American as a senior… Named First Team All-CIF as a sophomore in 2005… Was also a three-time All-CIF performer.
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